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The Horror!

By Glinda

Jezebel managed to steal a 1972 Sears catalog from somebody’s basement that featured children’s fashion. And I’ve promptly stolen the pictures from them, because this kind of horror is the kind that has to be shared so that other people can suffer along with you. And just think, I wore crap like this! And thought I was cool!

These chicks look like they could use an attitude adjustment. Because nobody should look that smug with strawberries on their pockets.


It seems that fruit was an overarching theme for 1972.


These pants leave me completely speechless. Uh, at least they were good at hiding stains? And who else remembers those horrible jumpers that took you forever to get out of when you had to go to the bathroom?


And don’t think that the boys managed to get away unscathed. I want to know who thought wide-striped dress pants were a good idea.


Oh Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin would never have worn something so utterly dorky. The laces on those shirts practically scream out for a bully to grab them.


Finally, we see that no mercy was available even for babies. The little boy looks like he is beseeching his mom, “Why, Mom? Why would you put me in miles of scratchy polyester?”


5 Responses to “The Horror!”

  1. Seana Says:

    OMG those striped pants are SO Bobby Brady/Danny Partridge! Only TV kids wore clothes like these. The rest of us wore toughskins and t-shirts.

  2. class factotum Says:

    At least these clothes aren’t Sluts ‘R Us.

    I wore this stuff, at least the coulottes and the striped bellbottoms. But I didn’t wear fancy store-bought from Sears clothes. Oh no. We weren’t rich. We got the catalogue to look at (remember turning down the pages of all the toys we wanted for Christmas?), but then my mom sewed our clothes.

    PS Glinda. You were cool.

    PPS Did you have a maxi dress? I did.

  3. alejna Says:

    Oh, the flashbacks!

  4. dgm Says:

    My brother had those striped pants (or something very close) and he was a cool kid! Honestly, I remember my “Many Way Mixer’ with great fondness. I don’t care what the rest of you say! How can something that seemed so right turn out to be so wrong?

  5. raincoaster Says:

    I think I had every single one of the overalls and shorts sets, PLUS I had a green fake leather mini skirt with matching go-go boots. I was teh kool!

    If only they still fit! But then it’s as they say; if you were old enough to wear it the first time it was in, you’re too old to wear it the next time.

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